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The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #191)

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Against the backdrop of unprecedented concern for the future of health care, this Very Short Introduction surveys the history of medicine from classical times, through the scholastic medieval tradition and the Enlightenment to the present day. Taking a thematic rather than strictly chronological approach, W.F. Bynum, explores the key turning points in the history of ...more
Paperback, 169 pages
Published August 24th 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published July 31st 2008)
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Tso William
Medicine, like general science, share a common characteristic with religion insofar as they like to present themselves as ahistorical ; that is, they exist from time immemorial and will continue to exist till the end of universe. This is not untrue for scientific law must be ahistorical if it were to apply universally. The speed of light must always travel at 3.00108 m/s regardless 100 years ago or 100 years in future.

When a person begins to investigate the history behind science, it is st
Aug 30, 2016 Ruba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
انهيت للتو قراءة الكتاب الذي جمع بين التاريخ والطب في مكانٍ واحد!
اعجبني فيه الاسلوب والشرح المُبسط لمجال الطب والصحة. ابتداءًا من ممارسة الطب عند فراش المريض مرورًا بطب المكتبات والمستشفيات والطب المجتمعي وطب المعامل واخيرًا الطب في العالم الحديث.
خلال هذه المواضيع تناول قصص لبعض أشهر الاكتشافات واسماء أشخاص غيروا مجرى التاريخ ببحوثهم في مجال الطب "في الحقيقة، أرجو ان يضم اسمي يومًا ما بجانب اسماءهم ايضًا" كما ان الكتاب احتوى على صور بعدد مُناسب بالنسبة لي. كان انتقاله لمواضيع مختلفه سلس ولن تشعر
Sarah Gardner
Feb 09, 2016 Sarah Gardner rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Does what it sets out to do, often deftly.
Mohummed Al Refai
Nov 17, 2016 Mohummed Al Refai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, medicine
كتاب جميل وسهل وبسيط وميسر، حاله حال معظم كتب سلسلة " مقدمة قصيرة جداً" وأرى أنه مفيد لطلاب الطب والأطباء والعامة على حدٍّ سواء، فالمناهج التي تدرس في جامعاتنا تتقمص الصفات التي ينظر بها الطلاب إليها، فالطلاب يرون تارخ الطب مادة زائدة على المنهاج هدفها ملىء مكان شاغر في برنامج الأسبوع،و للأسف فالطريقة التي تُقدم بها تجعلها على هذه الشاكلة.

الكتاب يأخذنا في رحلة تاريخية غير مملة منذ نشأة الطب الذي كان يعتمد على "الطب عند فراش المريض" مروراً بنشأة المستشفيات التي شكلت "طب المستشفيات" ومن ثم "طب الم
Dec 03, 2016 Yasmina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
من مفارقات قرائتي لهذا الكتاب أنني بدأته في انتظار طبيب وأنهيته في انتظار طبيب آخر، وفي كلتا الحالتين حمدت الله أنني لم أولد في عصور كانت تعتبر المرض غضبا إلهيا وصاحبه منبوذ غارق في الآثام؛ ولا في عصر "كل ما يسبب مشكلة أو تعتقد أنه يسبب لجسد المريض مشكلة، استخدم مبضعك وأزله."
يقدم الكتاب تاريخاً موجزا للطب منذ بداية عهد أبقراط ومنهجه وتلاميذه مرورا بجالينوس وابن سينا والرازي وابن رشد وكل جليل ساهم في تقدم هذا العلم وصولا لصناعة الدواء في العصر الحديث، كما يستعرض الأحداث الطبية الكبرى والأوبئة وال
Oct 28, 2016 Talal rated it really liked it

I am no expert in any fields of the sciences or medicine in that matter. This book is a short and easy summary regarding the history of medicine and how it evolved through time.

Emphasis is on the Islamic, french, German, and English civilisations to the contribution of modern medicine from the most minor to most major detail.
Bojan Tunguz
May 21, 2011 Bojan Tunguz rated it it was amazing
Medicine is one of those things that most of us give little thought until we get sick. And then we only think of it in terms of practical considerations - which doctor to go to, how to deal with the medical condition that we have. However, as both a practical and intellectual discipline medicine has a very long tradition. The western medicine, which is the main subject of this very short introduction, is usually considered to begin with Hippocrates. Hippocrates, however, was not a single ...more
Aug 31, 2016 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medicine
There is a lot more to modern western medicine than meets the eyes. This compact review of the history of medicine just might open your eyes to ideas that you have never before considered. For example, this Very Short Introduction makes it clear that the trajectory of modern medicine is closely intertwined with the trajectory of intellectual history and world history. It would be well to consider that today's hospitals and medical schools are only a few steps removed from the French Revolution ...more
Joseph Caputo
Jun 15, 2011 Joseph Caputo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fully expected this book to be dull and encyclopedic, just another addition to a series of books published by Very Short Introductions. Instead, I found a dutifully researched, well-written and passionate account of some of the biggest names in medical history. Science and medical authors sometimes get bogged down in the objects that they're focusing on, but Bynum communicates a story of medicine that is entirely social, built by personalities who mostly believed in their own egos over the ...more
Mar 15, 2012 Di rated it it was amazing
This book was the recommended course textbook for the University of Oxford’s “History of Medicine” introductory program. Don’t be fooled by its tiny size – It’s jam-packed full of well-researched information pertaining to the history of Western medicine, beginning with the ancient Greeks of the fifth century BCE and continuing up to the present day. Bynum methodically breaks down the chronology by way of examining five kinds of medicine: Bedside, Library, Hospital Community and Laboratory, and ...more
Mohammed Hamad
مدخل جميل لمعرفة جذور الممارسة الطبية الحديثة، عرض الكتاب غير تاريخي بالمعنى الدقيق ولكنه يعطي تصور جيد عن نشأة الأنواع المختلفة من الممارسة الطبية من التشخيص عند سرير المريض وطب المكتبات (تدوين البيانات الطبية والتعليم النظري) وطب المستشفيات والصحة العامة والمجتمع والمعامل وتطورها للأشكال الحديثة ونشأة التخصصات المختلفة.
Apr 10, 2012 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-science
Relative to other pieces of writing on medical history, this falls short. Though I suppose the idea of summarizing medical history into a very short book was not to give an eloquent retelling of this history, but to give an expansive overview. In that, it succeeded. In capturing my attention, it did not.
Jul 01, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing
Very interesting, very concise book which provides an overview of the history of medicine for the non-expert. Very well organized and worth a read.
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
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Klug strukturiert und denkbar knapp als Überblick über die Denken hinter den Medizinen der Vergangenheit.
Apr 08, 2012 Nancy added it
Good overview of the history of medicine. Nigel ferguson's Civilization the West and the Rest is more comprehensive.
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